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Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

For many associate degree prepared registered nurses (RNs), achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree affords additional career opportunities and a broader scope of practice.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

The Kirkhof College of Nursing's fully online RN to BSN (RN-BSN) program features synchronous and asynchronous coursework and small class sizes, which provide individualized, meaningful engagement with professors and fellow students. As a student in the RN-BSN program, our faculty and academic advisors will guide you through every step of the program while considering your work/life balance.

This program is ideal for RNs, at any point in their career, who find themselves excited about influencing evidence-based nursing practice, improving patient outcomes, and leading within healthcare delivery systems. Students in the RN-BSN program must be licensed as an RN in their state of residency as they begin the NUR 400-level courses. We award up to 32 credits upon proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in your state of residency. This program is also ideal for students currently enrolled in or who have recently graduated from a nursing program at the associate degree level.

Secondary admission to the program is required. For more information on the RN to BSN program, visit

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • Nursing courses are taught conveniently in an online format.
  • Learning from exceptional faculty invested in student success.
  • Graduates are prepared to positively influence healthcare delivery through acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating advocacy, leadership, cultural competency, and professional identity formation.
  • Individual program plans are developed by your academic advisor and local, precepted clinical experiences are coordinated for you by our full-time clinical placement coordinator.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

Career Insights

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GVSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Location & Format

Classes are offered online with applied learning through clinical practicum in senior year.



The curriculum builds upon a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities to expand and deepen the R.N.'s current knowledge. Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, quality and safety, professional identity formation, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community and population health nursing.

Admission Requirements

  • You must apply to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for admission as a degree-seeking student. Upon admission to GVSU you must participate in Transfer Student Advising and Registration and declare nursing as your major. Secondary application is required for the RN to B.S.N. program within the Kirkhof College of Nursing.
  • To be admitted to the RN to B.S.N. program a prospective student must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or have earned a 3.0 GPA within their last 15 credits. In addition, a student must demonstrate completion of the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Prior to beginning the NUR 400-level courses:

  • Students must complete comprehensive health compliance requirements including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Clinical sites can refuse to accept students who have not successfully completed all GVSU health requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to establish and maintain all compliance requirements. Please note: If there is illegal activity in the background check/fingerprinting or if there is evidence of one or more prohibited substance(s) in the drug test, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a students placement which may negatively impact a students ability to progress in the BSN program and subsequently graduate.
  • Students must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their state of residency before beginning the senior nursing sequence. The students RN licensure must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the RN to B.S.N. program.

For More Information

Kirkhof College of Nursing
333 Michigan St NE, Ste. 410
(616) 331-7160

Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services

(616) 331-7160
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The program was so much more than just collecting a degree. The environment at KCON is inclusive and collaborative, and because of this, it changed my nursing practice.”